PLAY-OFFS: Patience pays off for Spalding United teenager

Jonny Lockie gets a kiss from reserve manager James Langford at the end of the game
Jonny Lockie gets a kiss from reserve manager James Langford at the end of the game
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Match-winner Jonny Lockie feels “anything can happen” when Spalding United go for glory on Saturday.

He booked a trip to Witton Albion in the play-off final with the extra-time goal which finally saw off Stocksbridge Park Steels in midweek.

The 18-year-old said: “It was a good pass and then I was actually lining up a left-foot shot across goal.

“But I saw a glimpse of a defender coming back. As he came in to block me, I came inside and picked my spot to score.

“To be honest, I don’t know what happened next during all the celebrations! I ended up under a pile of players.

“I’ve had to show plenty of determination and patience. I waited for my turn and then grabbed this opportunity with both hands.

Conor Higginson celebrates as Spalding look forward to the play-off final

Conor Higginson celebrates as Spalding look forward to the play-off final

“It has been a frustrating season personally. But now we are in the play-off final, so it all comes down to Saturday.

“Witton were 2-0 up in the away league game and they blew it as we came back to take a point.

“This is a different game and we know anything can happen – as we’ve seen here on Tuesday night.

“We led twice and got pegged back, but we still came out on top with our desire to win.

I waited for my turn and then grabbed this opportunity with both hands.

Jonny Lockie

“I was sitting on the bench saying I couldn’t wait to hear our post-match song ‘Gold’ and the celebrations showed the togetherness within our squad.”